Tim Wu

Professor, Columbia Law School

New York, NY

@superwuster

Experience

  • White House National Economic Council (Biden and Obama administrations)
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • New York Attorney General’s office

Expertise

  • Competition and anti-trust
  • Technology industry regulation
  • First Amendment and free speech

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • McGill University, B.Sc.

Recent Coverage

MAR 25, 2024

New York Times | This Is the Best Way for Biden to Talk About the Economy (Opinion)

“When overly focused on metrics like growth and employment, economic analysis can fail to grasp how most Americans actually experience the economy. Most people understand all too well that those in the broad economic middle of the country are having a much harder time than their parents did — and that something went seriously astray starting in the early 2000s. They want a more fundamental kind of economic change.

To succeed in the 2024 election, Mr. Biden needs to convince voters that he has begun a long fight against today’s toxic form of capitalism. He needs them to understand that he is making the economy fairer and more productive. He needs to explain that Donald Trump’s invocations of economic grievance are real and justified but that unlike Mr. Trump — who used those grievances to fuel tribal politics while doling out corporate tax cuts and other giveaways to wealthy friends and donors — he is actually doing something about it.”


MAR 21, 2024

POLITICO | DOJ accuses Apple of illegal iPhone monopoly

The fight against corporate power is also a key message for Biden on the campaign trail. “The American people want a president who is standing up to the most powerful companies and most people identify the tech companies as the most powerful,” said Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu, who previously led competition policy for Biden. “Americans don’t like unaccountable power.”


MAR 21, 2024

Washington Post | Justice Department, states accuse Apple of holding a smartphone monopoly

Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School who previously served as President Biden’s adviser on technology and competition policy, said the complaint “goes straight down main street” by targeting the core of Apple’s vast empire: the iPhone.

“It’s the thing that’s just staring everyone in the phone: How is it that Apple has been able to maintain these profit margins for so long given that Android phones are often cheaper?” said Wu.

DEC 19, 2023

The Atlantic | Courts Are Choosing TikTok Over Children (Opinion)

This case is, unfortunately, not the first time a group has opportunistically hijacked the First Amendment to defend its business model. The abuse of high constitutional principle to defend low corporate behavior was pioneered by the tobacco industry, which has used the First Amendment to weaken warning labels and advertising restrictions, based on the premise that such labels interfered with its constitutional right to remain silent about the risks of lung cancer. When it comes to kids, Big Tech is following the path blazed by Big Tobacco in more ways than one. And the California case is part of a larger campaign by major social-media firms to use the First Amendment against efforts to protect children from social media’s harms; a similar law in Arkansas is under attack as well.”


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About Tim

Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, and professor at Columbia Law School. Wu’s best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he also writes about private power, free speech, copyright, and antitrust. His books The Master Switch and The Attention Merchants have won wide recognition and awards.

Wu has worked in academia, federal and state governments. He worked at the White House for the National Economic Council; at the Federal Trade Commission, for the New York Attorney General’ as a fellow at Google, and for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry. He was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Stephen Breyer. He graduated from McGill University (B.Sc.), and Harvard Law School.

Wu is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and was formerly a contributing writer at NewYorker.com and contributing editor at the New Republic. He has been named to the Politico 50 twice, to America’s 100 most influential lawyers, and also won awards from Scientific American magazine, National Law Journal, 02138 Magazine. He has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing and in 2017 he was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.